§ Mrs. Chalker
I am pleased to inform my hon. Friend that consent has now been given to the county council's550W
§ Mr. Canavan
asked the Secretary of State for Scotland whether he will abandon any proposals to privatise any part of the National Health Service in Scotland, particularly in the Forth valley health board area.
§ Mr. John MacKay
I have carried out consultations on a draft circular on contracting-out of certain NHS support services. All health boards are expected to pursue their activities in the most cost-effective manner so that maximum resources may be devoted to patient care. This may include the use of private contractors to provide some services.